About Interim Provost Ken Burtis

Interim Provost Ken Burtis

Interim Provost Ken Burtis

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Here is more information about Interim Provost Ken Burtis.

At UC Davis, he holds an appointment as professor of genetics. In the role of Interim Provost, he will serve as the campus' chief academic officer. 

Previous employment

  • UC Davis: Associate Director of the UC Davis Genome Center (2000); Dean of the College of Biological Sciences (2005-2011); Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost (2011-2016).

Education

  • UC Davis: B.S in Biochemistry, 1976
  • Stanford University: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, 1985

Ken Burtis, former dean of the College of Biological Sciences and since 2011 Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost, was named Acting Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor at UC Davis on May 5, 2016. Burtis became Interim Provost in early September.  

In that capacity, he will serve as the campus’ chief academic officer, reporting directly to Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter, overseeing UC Davis deans and serving as the Interim chancellor's principal liaison to the Academic Senate.

The provost is responsible for guiding the development of academic priorities and strategies; working with the deans to recruit and retain a diverse and talented faculty; and, in coordination with the acting chancellor, leading the university's strategic planning process, allocating resources to advance strategic priorities. With his fellow vice chancellors, he is also responsible for managing the daily operation of the campus.

Interim Provost Burtis received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry from UC Davis 1976, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Stanford University.

In 1988, he joined the UC Davis faculty as Assistant Professor of Genetics and became Associate Professor of Genetics in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology in 1993.

In 2000, he became Professor of Genetics in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, then served as associate director of the UC Davis Genome Center.

He became the first Dean of the new College of Biological Sciences in 2005 and served in the post until 2011.

As the Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost, he served as a liaison with the campus community in coordinating the growth of the campus under the UC Davis 2020 Initiative.

Over the course of his academic career, Dr. Burtis has mentored both undergraduate and graduate students in research. For two decades he worked with students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biological Undergraduate Scholars Program, which provides students with academic enrichment activities and helps to place them in laboratories to obtain undergraduate research experience.